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[usually postpositive] (of an animal) lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised.‘two lions couchant’
- ‘There was a soiled and tawdry mirror above a massive metal and marble clock supported by a lion couchant on the mantelshelf.’
- ‘Lions couchant are carved above the smaller arches and the structure is covered with Tasmanian stone.’
Late Middle English: French, lying present participle of coucher (see couch).
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